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Kev Coghlan is celebrating his first-ever World Supersport Championship pole position after fending off PJ Jacobsen for the top spot at Motorland Aragon.

With Coghlan, Jacobsen and Jules Cluzel emerging as the pace-setting standouts heading into the qualifying, it was perhaps little surprise that the trio would contest pole position when it mattered.

Indeed, Jacobsen seemed the favourite after very nearly breaking the lap record during FP3, but in the afternoon sunshine it was Coghlan that emerged as the rider to beat on the DMC Panavto Yamaha YZF-R6.

Though slower than Jacobsen's earlier time, Coghlan's effort of 2mins 01.662secs was enough to hold off the American rookie, who - despite a crash whilst trying to respond to the Scot - was still impressive in second position on the Intermoto Kawasaki.

Phillip Island race winner Jules Cluzel completes the front row, just nine thousandths of a second behind Jacobsen, while Florian Marino made it a superb day for the Czech-based Intermoto squad with fourth on the grid.

Michael van der Mark heads up the Honda challenge in fifth place, ahead of Kenan Sofuoglu, the three-time WSS champion seemingly on the back foot this weekend, four tenths off the pole position time.

Bouncing back from technical issues in practice, Vladimir Leonov was a big improver in seventh position on the second of the Yakhnich MV Agustas, with Riccardo Russo, Ratthapark Wilairot and Roberto Tamburini rounding out the top ten.